ERIC Number: EJ1027550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Individual Differences in Children's and Parents' Generic Language
Gelman, Susan A.; Ware, Elizabeth A.; Kleinberg, Felicia; Manczak, Erika M.; Stilwell, Sarah M.
Child Development, v85 n3 p924-940 May-Jun 2014
Generics ("'Dogs' bark") convey important information about categories and facilitate children's learning. Two studies with parents and their 2- or 4-year-old children (N = 104 dyads) examined whether individual differences in generic language use are as follows: (a) stable over time, contexts, and domains, and (b) linked to conceptual factors. For both children and parents, individual differences in rate of generic production were stable across time, contexts, and domains, and parents' generic usage significantly correlated with that of their own children. Furthermore, parents' essentialist beliefs correlated with their own and their children's rates of generic frequency. These results indicate that generic language use exhibits substantial stability and may reflect individual differences in speakers' conceptual attitudes toward categories.
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Child Language, Parent Background, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Child Relationship, Speech Communication, Language Usage, Language Acquisition, Child Development, Toddlers, Young Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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